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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. Also, 2,240 men in the U.S. are expected to get breast cancer this year. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many people can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

For Women:
· If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start receiving and how often you need a mammogram.
· Women ages 50 to 74: The recommendation is to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may start earlier or get one more often. Please talk to your Provider to decide what is right for you.

For Men: Any change in the breast, chest area or nipple can be a warning sign, such as:
· lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast (usually painless, but may be tender)
· dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast
· itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
· pulling in of the nipple (inverted nipple) or other parts of the breast
· nipple discharge

This information is provided by the National Health Information Center.